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Plastic vs. Glass: What's Better?

Posted by Tim Vandergrift on

Modern!  Old-School This is one of the frequent questions we get asked at Fraser Mills. Old School says that sure, glass is heavy and breakable, but it's also impermeable, easy to clean, doesn't scratch and lasts forever—how can this even be argued when plastic breathes, is tough to clean effectively, easy to scratch and wears out? It turns out that the Old School is running up against some new facts—and new materials. HDPE plastic: opaque and not as cool. We're talking about modern plastic, polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It's vastly advanced compared to the white plastic pails and buckets of...

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Plastic vs. Glass:  Which Is Better for Carboys?

Posted by Tim Vandergrift on

Stack 'em high This is one of the enduring points of debate about home brewing. Old School says that sure, glass is heavy and breakable, but it's also impermeable, easy to clean, doesn't scratch and lasts until it breaks—how can this even be argued when plastic breathes, is tough to clean effectively, easy to scratch and wears out? It turns out that the Old School might need some new data. Better living through Polymers! We're talking about modern plastic, polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It's vastly advanced compared to the white plastic pails and buckets which were made with High Density Polyethylene...

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